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Our Verbatim theatre piece - Life Music - has been created from recorded and filmed interviews, uncovering revelations and fascinating insights into music and its integral role in everyday lives.

We interviewed 26 local music listeners, musicians, performers, music students and music teachers.

The script has been written over successive drafts, involving grouping the material into 'nodes',  followed by selection, editing, juxtaposition. While not all the interviewee's words are in the final script, their words that you will hear are not changed; they are retained 'word for word'.

“Music is your loyalty friend, never gonna leave you alone.”
“When my husband died I spent hours and hours playing my electronic organ - it just seemed to soothe me."
"Getting on the electric guitar and turning it up to 11 and blasting out some some horrendous kinda riff is far safer than going out getting drunk and getting into a fight."

Life Music shows how we use music to energise, distract, transcend, understand, romance, mourn, focus,  escape and inspire.


LifeMusic Promotion (1)-868-761


Where: English Flower Garden, for the 2016 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

When: February, Wednesday 24th @ 6pm; Thursday 25th @ 6pm & Friday 26th @ 1pm

Price: $15

Duration: 90 minutes

Website: www.hgaf.co.nz

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Production Team & Cast

Director: Gaye Poole
Interviewing team: Cian Gardner, Calum Hughes, Missy Mooney, Vincent Owen, Kelly Petersen.
Writing team: Gaye Poole, Missy Mooney, Kelly Petersen, Calum Hughes.
Actors: Cian Gardner, Nick Hall, Liam Hinton, Calum Hughes, Clive Lamdin, Missy Mooney, Kelly Petersen, Sara Young
Marketing: Gaye Poole, Vincent Owen, Brendan Theodore.
Graphic design: Vincent Owen
Sound: Vincent Owen


The metaphor of Carving in Ice evokes the transience of theatre. Ice sculptures are crafted by artisans whose sculptures last only for a short while, then melt and disappear. Theatre too is ephemeral in its nature; once the season is completed, the existence of the play, the shapes, sounds, movement in space, the light on actors’ skin disappear from view – but as with ice sculptures the traces of the experience continue to live on in the minds of those who were present.